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    Jul 17, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language and Area Studies: French/Europe (BA)

Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures , College of Arts and Sciences , the Language and Area Studies: French/Europe (BA) is designed for students with a strong interest in a region of the world and in a language of that region. This innovative program achieves a balance between humanities and social sciences courses, combined with an advanced level of world language study.

Admission to the Program

Students must be approved by the department for formal admission to the major. Language coursework may be waived if high school or other preparation warrants it. Placement will be made in consultation with a departmental advisor.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level
    • Where appropriate, and with Faculty Advisory Committee approval, special topics courses may fulfill requirements
    • Up to 3 credit hours may be applied toward the major from an approved internship
    • Study abroad coursework may be used toward the major with Faculty Advisory Committee approval
  • Proficiency in French demonstrated by achieving a B (3.00) average or better for all FREN  coursework taken in World Languages and Cultures  

Course Requirements

Foundation (9 credit hours)

Intercultural Communication

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Comparative Politics

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

French Language (18 credit hours)

  • 18 credit hours from FREN  coursework at or above 300-level

Area Studies (21 credit hours)


Complete 15 credit hours in humanities courses, with at least 12 credit hours at or above 300-level, including 3 credit hours from HIST  courses and an additional 3 credit hours with a strong historical component, from the following, or other area studies courses approved by major advisor:

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, other approved coursework in SIS comparative seminar, or topics or seminar course in World Languages and Cultures :

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.